Murray carried 12 times for 69 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win over the Giants. He was targeted once in the passing game but did not record a reception. The nightmare season came to a close for Murray, who ran for fewer than half of the 1,845 yards he recorded last year with the Cowboys. Despite scoring in each of the last two weeks, the 28-year-old also found the end zone just seven times after compiling at least 11 touchdowns in each of his previous two seasons. Coach Chip Kelly's departure could have a positive effect on Murray's usage, and he will look to rebound in 2016.
Murray rushed five times for 27 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's loss to Washington. He also caught three of four targets for 24 receiving yards. The Eagles split their backfield touches fairly evenly, as Darren Sproles rushed five times for nine yards and Ryan Mathews rushed four times for five yards and a touchdown. Obviously, Murray was the most productive of the bunch, but it did little to get him significantly more touches. Additionally, Sproles was very active in the passing game, catching seven of nine targets for 56 yards. With the Eagles clearly not preferring any one running back over the others, Murray's fantasy value will continue to be limited.
Murray had two carries for three yards in Sunday's 40-17 loss to the Cardinals Chip Kelly attributed Murray's lack of work to game flow, even though Ryan Mathews and Darren Sproles combined for 17 carries and six targets. Murray probably would've gotten a couple more carries if the game had stayed close, but it's pretty clear that Kelly prefers to mostly lean on Mathews and Sproles.
Murray finished with 34 rushing yards on 11 carries, and two catches for three yards on two targets Sunday against the Bills. Murray was slightly out-gained by both Ryan Mathews (consussion/groin) and Darren Sproles, as all three running backs saw similar workloads. It's going to be tough for Murray to find consistent traction if he's only getting about one third of the action in Philly's backfield, and his 3.1 yards-per-carry average in this one certainly didn't help his cause. A bounce-back performance should be hard to come by against a well-rested Cardinals defense next week.
Murray is active for Sunday's game against the Bills. However, Murray's workload for the contest remains very uncertain, with NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reporting earlier in the day that Murray could be as low as fourth on the depth chart at running back. Murray's first season in Philadelphia has been an extremely rocky ride, and after seeing just eight carries on 14 snaps last week against New England while seeing his rushing average plunge to just 3.5 yards per carry on the campaign, it appears that coach Chip Kelly is beginning to lose faith in the running back. The Eagles will keep all four of their running backs active Sunday, but it appears likely that either Ryan Mathews or Darren Sproles will spearhead the team's platoon at the position, potentially leaving Murray and Kenjon Barner to pick up the scraps. Given the likelihood that he'll see minimal carries Sunday, not to mention his ineffectiveness this season, it's difficult to justify starting Murray in most leagues this week.
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